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Wisdom and Ignorance

327 aphorisms  ·  9 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (522 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

[aphorist] Gilbert K. Chesterton, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (638 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

An aphorism is not an aphorism unless you know what it means.

[aphorist] Winston Churchill, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (113 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

[aphorist] Theodor W. Adorno, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (308 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (513 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by [user] David Shorr  · 

Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination

[aphorist] Petronius Arbiter, The Satyricon, XCIV, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

The Satyricon (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (73 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.

[aphorist] Mark Van Doren, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (72 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.

[aphorist] Edgard Varese, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (174 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A witty saying proves nothing.

[aphorist] Voltaire, in [category] Success and Failure and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

[aphorist] Voltaire, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (109 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

[aphorist] Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (374 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.

[aphorist] Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (123 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

[aphorist] H. G. Wells, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Half a man's life is devoted to what he calls improvements, yet the original had some quality which is lost in the process.

[aphorist] E. B. White, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (455 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is an admirable thing, but nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

[aphorist] Oscar Wilde, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (453 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I am not young enough to know everything.

[aphorist] Oscar Wilde, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (432 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I was asked by the customs if I had anything to declare. I said: Yes, I'd like to declare -- I'm a genius!

[aphorist] Oscar Wilde, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (551 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

[aphorist] Oscar Wilde, in [category] Science and Religion and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (159 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.

[aphorist] H. H. Williams, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (127 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.

[aphorist] Woodrow Wilson, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

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